American TV fans are readying themselves for the small screen’s biggest night all year: the Primetime Emmy Awards are back on Sunday, September 17. CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert is playing event emcee (expect some Trump jokes), while stars will be strutting their gorgeous stuff on the red carpet (what will be the trend of the evening?). But the biggest question of the evening will be which show will take home a coveted gold statue? Will it be HBO’s Westworld or NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which have tied for the most nominations (22 each)? Will it be all-time favorites like House of Cards, Veep, and Modern Family? Or newcomers like The Handmaid’s Tale, This is Us, Big Little Lies or Atlanta?
We’ll have to wait until Sunday for those answers, of course — but not before getting into the Emmys-spirit with a little real estate inspiration. A mid-century a la Silicon Valley? Done. A palatial mansion fit for The Crown? Done and done. Here are six TV-worthy homes that will get your house envy going!
1. Silicon Valley
Erlich’s incubator house in Mike Judge’s HBO series, Silicon Valley, may make mid-century modern fans drool — even if the real house is not located in Palo Alto (hint: it’s located in Woodland Hills). This mid-century architectural in Woodside is everything that Erlich’s home could be…if it wasn’t a hacker’s paradise. Nestled on 1.4 acres on a quiet cul-de-sac in central Woodside and boasting stellar views of Stanford University and the Santa Cruz Mountains, this four-bedroom, 3-bath house boasts all of the mid-century calling cards on the inside, from vaulted open beamed ceilings to expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that let in beautiful natural light.
2. This Is Us
This Is Us features several houses that inspire us, but Katie’s house in Los Angeles — a Mediterranean Revival duplex — has all of the trappings of old Hollywood charm. This exquisite circa 1914 Windsor Square Estate brings us back…way back… to the golden age of cinema with historic architecture by Morgan Walls & Morgan. Newly remodeled, the original flair was left in tact with a stunning and private main residence, guest cottage, large pool and beautifully landscaped grounds. Fit for a star!
ABC’s Black-ish takes in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in the 1980s, and traces the funny trials and tribulations of family man (Anthony Anderson) who is raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. This two-story traditional in Saratoga is all Americana to us (minus the white picket fence) with its picturesque dormers, quaint front porch and shady trees surrounding it. Couple all of that with a spacious 6,200 square-foot floorplan and ample acreage, and it’s the perfect place to grow a family — whether you’re in Pennsylvania or California.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale
In the fictional world of Gilead — where The Handmaid’s Tale is set — there is no text. Art is scarce (except if it’s stolen?). Freedom is nonexistent for women. It’s no surprise that the Waterford house, where Offred lives, feels like a sanitarium at times — and dark, moody and barren at other times. While the kitchen is not exactly the heart of the Waterford home, many scenes take place there. The kitchen feels moody with gray cabinetry, yet feel modern but rustic since it has no appliances, modern trinkets or even cookbooks. This kitchen in Encino offers up that modern-yet-traditional aesthetic with two sets of sliding glass doors providing natural lighting, quartzite fireplace and custom built-ins in a moody gray. At the same time, the kitchen feels nothing like the kitchen of the show – since it opens to the large and open family room.
5. The Crown
The Crown, the new Netflix-original drama about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II, gives us all a dose of what it is to live like royalty. Lush and luxurious fabrics, chandeliers dripping with crystals, regal columns and grand spaces fit for, well, a queen are all part of the allure of the series. This gorgeous 19-acre polo ranch estate near the renowned Santa Barbara Polo Club may offer the closest experience to The Crown, with its formal reception areas and grand-scale interiors.
The science fiction-meets-western thriller Westworld fluctuates from a modern futuristic world to a wild, wild west theme park. The bucolic town of Sweetwater is where many of the scenes takes place, and where the dreamy Abernathy Ranch homestead (overlooking Sweetwater hills) resides. This turn-key equestrian ranch estate in Gilroy reminds us a little of Abernathy Ranch, thanks to a spacious porch, five-bedroom main house, stables, outdoor arena, 6-stall barn with tack, wash and observation rooms and more.